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How Book Banning Works

Book Banning: Cheat Sheet

Stuff You Need to Know:

  • Juvenile literature is -- perhaps unsurprisingly -- the most commonly banned genre. Since 2000, J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series has received more banning requests than any other literary collection.
  • Book bans happen on a library-by-library basis, with a majority of book ban requests submitted to school libraries, rather than public libraries.
  • The U.S. Constitution doesn't protect obscene literature from censure, but in order to foster free speech, the Supreme Court maintains a heavy burden of proof for obscenity cases.

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